But while a highrise flat may not be everybody’s idea of the perfect home for many people they’re ideal.
We spoke to residents on Rochdale’s landmark Seven Sisters estate – large parts of which are earmarked for demolition – and asked: ‘What’s life in a tower block really like?’
“These flats are a part of Rochdale’s heritage. What would Rochdale be without the Seven Sisters?”
“There are a lot of good things about living here. It’s very peaceful, depending on your neighbours. The rent is incredibly reasonable – it’s brilliant. If we were to move into a private flat we wouldn’t get anything as big as this.
“But our children liked it here, they didn’t know any different. From the roof the views are spectacular. The best time is about 6pm on a summers day. If it’s clear you can see all the way to the airport.” What’s life like in a Greater Manchester tower block? – Manchester Evening News